May 31, 2017 – We woke up to J pod calls on the hydrophone. Luckily for us they playfully hung out at Kellett Bluff for a couple hours before crossing over to the Canadian Gulf Islands. We joined them en route so we could check out the largest cormorant rookery around on Mandarte Island. Many bald eagles repeatedly chased the birds off their nests. We said good-bye to the orcas as they ventured into areas where we’ve never seen them go. A new route perhaps up to the Fraser River? Sailed back across Haro Strait under cloudy skies to the stillness in New Channel where the gorgeous reflections blew our minds. Drifting enjoying our barbecued dinner listening to two Peregrine falcons have a long conversation. The misty rain intermittently interrupted the stillness. Stunning reflections of Flattop Island created an interesting color in the water that we haven’t seen yet. We captured so much beauty on camera today making it difficult to narrow down for a post.
- A schwack of transient orcas outside of Friday Harbor
- Sailing the extra nautical mile to meet Transient Orcas